Surroundings

What to see near Orvieto

Surroundings

It is well worth visiting Umbria, the beautiful Green Heart of Italy. That is why our hotel in Orvieto provides you with the appropriate information to admire the Umbria region in all its facets, presenting art, culture, romance, shopping and tasting of typical products.

Montefiascone

Montefiascone is the largest town overlooking Lake Bolsena, about 30 km from Orvieto and 15 from Viterbo. Hotel Corso suggest you to visit this town of Etruscan origin because the attractions are many indeed: there are beautiful and immaculate shores of the lake, the Cathedral of Santa Margherita that was built by Antonio da Sangallo il Giovane, the church of St. Flavian, that was the center of life and of the town in Roman times, the famous Papal Fortress, which dominates the town. Also worth seeing are mausoleums, cemeteries and many tombs of Etruscan and Roman origins.
Deserves a separate mention the excellent wine EST! EST! EST! produced locally.

Marmore Falls: European highest falls

The Hotel Corso in Orvieto recommends a visit to Marmore Falls, a must-see for anyone who has the opportunity to spend vacations in Umbria, representing the highest jump in Europe, with an overall jump of 165 meters. Built by the Romans in 290 BC, the spectacular waterfall has inspired artists and poets over the centuries: Virgil (citing the waterfall in his “Aeneid”), Lord Byron and Cicero are only three examples.

The beautiful waterfall is located near the city of Terni, a provincial capital which Orvieto is part of, rising a few tens of kilometers from the Hotel. The waterfall is easily accessible and is a destination not to be missed.

Civita di Bagnoregio

The beautiful town is located a few kilometers away from Orvieto (and therefore from the Hotel Corso), in a secluded location perched atop a cliff in slow disintegration. Precisely for this reason is called “the dying city”: it means that the rocky island on which it stands is constantly eroded by the action of weathering.
The town, with its absolutely timeless charm and extremely curated, is accessible only on foot via a long bridge, and is of great interest both historical and scenic. Hotel Corso strongly recommend a trip to this town founded 2500 years ago by the Etruscans. What to see: several medieval houses, the church of San Donato, the Bishop’s Palace, a mill of the XVI century, the birthplace of St. Bonaventura, the Door of Santa Maria,the small necropolis under the church of San Francesco and the old cave St. Bonaventura. Etruscan is also the channel Bucaioni, which links the valley below to Civita di Bagnoregio.

Lake Bolsena

The Hotel Corso’s excellent location makes it suitable as a starting point for exploring the surrounding areas, including the beautiful Lake Bolsena, the largest volcanic lake in Europe. Its magnificent shores and the two islands are home to beautiful landscapes, small towns, castles, palaces, churches, Etruscan tombs, Roman ruins, an abundance of dishes and a great wine tradition. For this you just need to visit, for example, the wonderful Papal Fortress of Montefiascone or the Castle of the Dragon in Bolsena,or you just can lie down on the beach of the other villages around the lake and enjoying their cultural and culinary offerings.